What is arthritis?

3 Jun 2021

Arthritis is a disease that is not fully understood despite it affecting millions of humans and thousands of our pets.  The disease has been around for millions of years.  Evidence of the disease has been found in the bones of dinosaurs!

Arthritis is a degeneration of the normal structures within a joint.  Progression can be subtle so the signs can often go unnoticed.  The pain from arthritis causes a reduction in the use of the joint or limb attached to it.  As a result, the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons become weak.  The body will then compensate for this weakness elsewhere in the body.  This causes more pain and so the cycle continues.  The brain becomes more aware of the constant pain and magnifies it over time.  Find out more HERE about this common disease.

Age is just a number!

It’s common to believe that arthritis is a disease of the elderly because it is more common in older dogs.  However, it can affect dogs as young as one year old!  There are certain breeds of dogs that are more prone to the disease and the disease can also be inherited.

The key is to identify there is arthritis present so that the pain can be managed.  This keeps your pet mobile and active and slows down the speed of the progression.  It manages the pain making your dog more comfortable and improves their overall quality of life.

So, how can you tell if your pet might have arthritis?  There are some key observations to be made:

  • Unusual of different behaviour
  • Depression/low mood
  • Difficulty getting comfortable
  • Pacing at night
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Physical changes such as posture, physique or muscle appearance
  • Weak hind limbs and difficulty going to the toilet
  • Lameness
  • Unwillingness to walk
  • Licking their joints
  • Change in temperament

If your dog is showing any signs of arthritis or you have any concerns about the health of your pet, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp

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